Hummus is a great source of protein, calcium, essential fats and iron. By adding extra super-nutrients it can satisfy even the biggest appetites!
– 1 can chick peas – have a look at your can to make sure you’re buying only chickpeas and water! Some companies add extra salt and preservatives like EDTA or sodium benzoate (yuck). Also bonus points if you find BPA-free cans! (BPA is an ingredient used in plastic and cans that has been linked to hormone disruption and other body-detrimental side effects).
– olive oil – 1/2 a cup I think…I use enough so the blender has enough liquid, haha! Olive oil is a great source of essential fats
– lemon juice – 1/2 a fresh lemon.
Extra ingredients to boost this hummus
– tahini – Tahini is ground sesame seeds. Sesame seeds are full of calcium (a great vegetarian source!). I added 1 tbsp to my recipe today.
– turmeric powder – full of anti-oxidants to help heal any inner tissue damage. Also anti– inflammatory and memory boosting. It will turn your hummus a beautiful vibrant yellow.
– sea salt – I have one from Maison Orphee – they infuse herbs like parsley, basil, oregano and thyme with ground sea salt
– cayenne pepper – I just add a dash but feel free to add as much as you can handle. Cayenne is great at boosting metabolism (speeds up the rate that you burn calories), decreasing inflammation and helping balance blood sugars.
– garlic – freshly minced garlic is great for your immune system as it is a potent anti-viral/fungal/bacterial herb. Garlic is my absolute favourite ingredient to put in everything, but *someone* in my household doesn’t like fresh garlic, so I have been neglecting it lately….it’s a sore topic for me 😦
Just start adding your ingredients to a blender and start blending! I usually add the chickpeas and olive oil first so the blender has some liquid to help it. If you still need more liquid, add some almond milk.
Scoop out all that thick yellow goodness and enjoy!
This was my lunch meal today – super hummus, vegetables, baked sweet potato topped with almond butter and hemp seeds, and my chocolate peppermint protein shake on the side. Click here for that recipe!